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Previous Grants and Research Reviews

Faculty Research Lunches Inform Campus Santimukul Santra
December 2015
PSU Research & Grants (R & G) Administration sponsored two faculty Research Lunches during the fall of 2015. On September 28, 2015 Dr. Santimukul Santra, Chemistry presented Discovering Nanotheranostics for Targeted Delivery, Imaging and Treatment of Cancers. On October 28, 2015 Dr. Neil Snow, Biology presented The Critical Role of Natural History Museums in Modern Biodiversity Studies. R & G Administration provided pizza and drinks for the 20-30 participants at each event. Save the date for spring of 2016 Faculty Research lunches on February 18, 2016; March 24, 2016; and April 21, 2016. If you are interested in presenting at a Faculty Research Lunch please contact bpeery@pittstate.edu.

 

PSU Research & Grants Administration Awards FundingRam Gupta
December 2015
PSU Research and Grants Administration awards funds to faculty each fall and spring to collaborate with students to conduct research. The type of awards are Independent Research Projects; Research Projects within a Course; and Academic Year Research Stipends for Students. All projects are required to involve at least one undergraduate student who is able to present at the PSU Research Colloquium in the spring.

The fall Independent Research Projects awardees are Dr. David Hurford, Psychology: Examining the psychometric properties of a web-based reading evaluation tool; Dr. Ram Gupta, Chemistry: Highly porous and nanostructured NiO for flexible electronics; Dr. Mandy Peak, Biology: Gut microbiome of human populations in Crawford County; Dr. Jamie McDaniel, English: Building a Digital Humanities Initiative at a Regional University; and Dr. Derek Crawford, HHPR: Effect of High- Intensity Functional Training on Body Composition, Fitness, and Muscle Damage: A Pilot Study. The fall awardees for Research Projects Within a Course are Dr. David Miller, Engineering Technology: Hand-cycle development for therapeutic recreation and Dr. Jamie Oliver, Art: Practice-led research investigating large scale, client-based artwork production. Student Research Stipends were awarded to Dr. Derek Crawford, HHPR mentor / Josh Smeed, undergraduate student: The effect of highintensity functional training on body composition; Dr. Cheryl Giefer, Nursing / Heidi Villa undergraduate student: Gorillas stand up for working; Dr. Lauren Balasco, HPSS/Kathryn Potter, undergraduate student: “Learning “ to manage a refugee crisis: a comparative analysis of state policies toward Syrian refugees in the Middle East; and Dr. Bruce Warner, Psychology/graduate student, Katie Rennie: Effect of precues and perceptual grouping on flanker interference.

 

Faculty Outstanding Scholarship AwardsSantimukul Santra
May 2015
PSU Faculty participate in a broad range of scholarly activity including basic research, applied research, development of best practices for teaching and learning and creative works to name a few. In order to recognize faculty who are engaged in outstanding scholarship and outstanding mentoring of students conducting research, the Outstanding Faculty Scholarship Award and Outstanding Undergraduate Research Mentor Award were presented at the PSU Graduate School and Research Awards Banquet on April 15, 2015. The nominees for the awards were Ram Gupta, Chemistry; Stephen Harmon, History; David Hurford, Psychology and Counseling; Sang-Heui Lee, Management and Marketing; Mike Carper, HHPR; Jody Neef, Chemistry and Santimukul Santra, Chemistry. The winner of the Outstanding Faculty Scholarship Award was Dr. Ram Gupta. The Winner of the Outstanding Undergraduate Research Mentor Award was Dr. Santimukul Santra. Thank you to all the faculty who conduct scholarly activity that enriches the campus for our students!


Students Awarded Travel Funds to Present Research
May 2015
Congratulations to the undergraduate students below who have been awarded $300 from PSU Research and Grants Administration after being selected by their respective academic conferences to present research findings. Lauren Renner, Psychology and Counseling: International Dyslexia Association Conference: San Diego, CA Ashley Jimenez, Tyler Elmore, Kalee Woody, Blaze Heckert, Juan Gaucin, Chemistry: American Chemical Society Midwest Regional Meeting: Columbia, MO Alexis McKinnon, Stephanie Baima, Zoraida Zavala, Peyton Drouhard, Kyle Lichtenauer, Mitchell Floyd Psychology and Counseling: Annual Convention of the Association for Psychological Science: New York, NY Rikki Miller and Grace Irion , Psychology and Counseling: Southwestern Psychological Association: Wichita, KS


Students Present Projects at the PSU Research ColloquiumResearch Colloquium
May 2015
Over 100 undergraduate and graduate students participated in the PSU Research Colloquium on April 8, 2015 at the Bicknell Family Center for the Arts. 34 oral presentations and 54 research posters were presented. There were projects from Engineering Technology, Physics, Chemistry, Mathematics, Biology, Technology and Workforce Learning, School of Construction, Communication, Economics, English, Nursing, Psychology, Business Administration, Art, and Graphics and Imaging Technology. Awards were presented at the 2015 Graduate School and Research Awards Banquet held on April 15, 2015. An award was given for every five entries to graduate and undergraduate students for oral and poster presentation in the following categories: Category A: Science and Technology, Category B: Business, Education and Humanities, Category C: Creative Works and Category D: Literature Review Poster Presentations. Thank you to all the students who participated and faculty who mentored student research projects. Congratulations to the award winners: Category A: Undergraduate Poster 1st Place :Blaze Heckert; 2nd Place: Deaven Thompson,; 3rd Place: Mayuri Murali, Peyton Drouhard, Markel West, Mitchel Floyd and Kyle Lichtenauer. Kyle Ragan, Aaron Noack, Tyler Casteel, Nick Crain Brendan Herrera, Undergraduate Oral Presentation First Place: Kyle Ragen, Aaron Noack, Tyler Casteel, Nick Crain and Brendan Herrera. Graduate Poster 1st Place Jeremy McCLennan; 2nd Place: Samantha McNeely. Graduate Oral Presentation 1st Place: Jyothi Kallu, 2nd Place: Nelson Elbers. Category B: Undergraduate Poster 1st Place: Crystal Davis; Undergraduate Oral Presentation 1st Place: Elizabeth Spencer; Graduate Poster 1st Place: Justin Newman; Graduate Oral Presentation 1st Place: Valquiria Vita. Category C: Undergraduate Poster 1st Place: Catherine Jepson; Undergraduate Oral Presentation 1st Place: Laura Allgood; Graduate Oral Presentation 1st Place: Kacie Cooper. Category D: Undergraduate Poster 1st Place: Karsten Creech and Tayita Abudu; Graduate Poster 1st Place: Alheli Aranda Britez, John Thorpe, Kachisicho Ogbodo and Grace Anderson; Graduate Poster 2nd Place: Kuralay Kussainova.


Students Present Posters at the Capitol Research SummitResearch Summit
February 2015
Eleven PSU students as well as approximately 100 students from other Kansas Regents Universities presented research posters at the Kansas State Capitol on February 11 -12, 2015. On February 11th, five PSU undergraduate research posters were accompanied by six undergraduate students. A $200 award was given to Kalee Woody, Biology for Best Undergraduate Poster titled PSMAreceptor targeting magnetic nanoprobes: novel nanotheranostics for the treatment of prostate carcinomas.

On February 12th, five PSU graduate students presented their research posters. Jyothi Kallu received a $500 award from Kansas BioScience and a $500 award from the Capitol Research Summit for Best Graduate Poster titled Non-smallcell- lung-cancer treatment using Hsp90 inhibitor carrying magnetic nanotheranostics. The other graduate students selected to present their posters were Vadde Bharani, Generation of Electricity from phospherescent insects; Nelson Elbers, Green synthesis of aphellandrene and β-caryophyllene bio-based polyols and their application for polyurethane; Dinushi Jayatunga, Spin coating as a technique for optimizing the power conversion efficiency of dye sensitized solar cells; Samantha Meneely, Changes in estrogen receptor alpha (Erα) phosphorylation in human T cells. Congratulations to all the students who were selected to attend the Capitol Research Summit.

 

PSU Graduate and Continuing Studies Awards PSU Research Grants
May 2014
Graduate and Continuing Studies offers a variety of incentives to assist faculty and students in conducting research. Funding is available for equipment, supplies and other expendables, stipends for students to conduct research and travel to present re-search findings. Funding is also available to print re-search posters for conference presentations. Congratulations to the recipients of the PSU Research Grant Awards! Jody Neef: Project Within a Course, Decaborane Salts for the Reduction of Corrosion in Nuclear Plants.

Nineteen Pittsburg State University students presented posters about research projects they have been conducting this year at the Kansas State Capitol. On February 12, 2014 the PSU students joined students form other Kansas State Universities in presenting their research posters to Kansas State Legislators. The students participating from the PSU Chemistry Department were Matthew Reddick, Elias Mitchell and Juan Guacin. 

PSU faculty participate in a broad range of scholarly activity including basic research, applied research, development of best practices for teaching and learning and creative works to name a few. In order to recognize faculty who are engaged in outstanding scholarship and outstanding mentoring of students conducting research, the Outstanding Faculty Scholarship Award and Outstanding Undergraduate Research Mentor Award were presented at the PSU Graduate School and Research Awards Banquet on April 24, 2014. The winner of the Outstanding Faculty Scholarship Award was Dr. Zoran Petrovic. The winner of the Outstanding Undergraduate Research Mentor Award was Dr. Kirstin Lawson. Thank you to all the faculty who conduct scholarly activity that enriches the campus for our students!

 

PSU’s First Undergraduate Research Faculty Mentor Support Contractneef
May 2013
Dr. Jody Neef, Assistant Professor in Chemistry has agreed to the first PSU Undergraduate Research Faculty Mentor Support Contract. Dr. Neef will be provided $1,875 in professional development funds after mentoring the equivalent of six students conducting research through the summer, spring and fall semesters of the 2013-2014 Academic Year. PSU Undergraduate Research Faculty Mentor Support Contracts are available for up to $2,500 of professional development funds which are awarded after the equivalent of eight students have been mentored. Contracts can be prorated to serve fewer students for less funding.



Students present research at the Capitolcapitol
May 2013
Six Pittsburg State University undergraduate students presented posters about research projects they have been conducting this year at the Kansas State Capitol. On April 3, 2013 the PSU students joined undergraduate students from other Kansas State Universities in presenting their undergraduate research posters to Kansas State Legislators. The students participating from PSU were: Sierra Foster, Biology; Josh Wormington, Biology; Samantha Young, Biology; Coleton Caldwell, Chemistry; Chris Ward, Biology; Trevor Harris, Biology.

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